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Owlcam's new owner doubles subscription fees, disables many units

I reviewed the Owlcam, then known as the Owl Car Cam, nearly two years ago. I felt that I had been a bit hard on the product in the review, but the complaints that I'd highlighted were all valid.

Now that Owl Cameras has been bought out by a company called CallPass (this PCWorld piece does a great job of describing Owl's demise), things have taken a turn for the worse. Owlcam's LTE subscription fee is now $215 per year, a dramatic increase from the $99/year cost under previous ownership. If you were hoping you could just use your Owlcam without LTE now, think again — many Owlcams that haven't been registered for a subscription, mine included, have been completely disabled.

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Midweek deals: Save on Fitbit Charge 3, wireless earbuds, security cameras, and more

Hello, and welcome to the first installment of our midweek deals roundup for 2020. Now that the holiday season is behind us and the barrage of pre-Christmas sales has subsided, we're turning our attention to the latest batch of discounts that have popped up around the internet. This week, we found some great sales on the Fitbit Charge 3, wireless earbuds, charging accessories, and security cameras.

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Garmin Speak Plus Alexa-enabled dash cam and GPS down to $99 ($40 off) at BuyDig

The Garmin Speak Plus is an interesting multi-function device. It's a dash cam that also functions as a standalone GPS and takes Alexa commands. If any or all of those things speak to you, now's a great time to pick one up: BuyDig's got a coupon that'll get you a Speak Plus for $99.

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Garmin's high-end dashcam range is up to 25% off on Amazon

Installing a dashcam in your car makes a lot of sense — having footage of an accident makes insurance claims a lot easier, and you never know when you'll see something noteworthy on the road. While they may have been a novelty a few years ago, nowadays dashcams come in all price ranges from a lot of manufacturers. Fitness tracking company Garmin has a range of higher-end dashcams with some unique features, and they're currently on sale at Amazon.

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Owl Car Cam review: An expensive LTE-powered dashcam with quite a few flaws

99% of dashcams on the market follow the same formula: a suction/clip-in mount on the top, microSD storage, and power drawn from your car's cigarette lighter. The Owl Car Cam, however, completely bucks that trend; it mounts differently, stores clips differently, and is powered differently. It's been out since late March, though Android support was only added a couple of months ago.

The Car Cam is certainly a well-made piece of hardware, and it might be well-suited for your needs. It does a lot of things that other dashcams can't do, but given its $349 price, it'd be shameful if it didn't.

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VAVA Dash Cam 2K review: Good value, but not the best

The dashcam market is pretty saturated these days, with products ranging in price from $9 (yes, $9) all the way up to $600 or so. As a result, it can be pretty difficult to even get started with your search without being blasted with options. In the ~$100 price range, we've already checked out Anker's Roav C1 Pro and C2 Pro, which we found to be solid offerings.

This time around, we're checking out a dashcam from one of Anker's direct competitors: RAVPower (which owns VAVA). VAVA's Dash Cam 2K can record higher-resolution video than most at this price point, but sacrifices some features to keep costs competitive.

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[Deal Alert] Get a Vantrue X3 WiFi Dash Cam for $109 ($21 off) from Amazon with coupon code

If you have aspirations of sharing one of those hilarious videos where someone tries to perpetrate an insurance scam by jumping in front of a barely-moving car and feigning an injury, only to realize that the whole incident was recorded, you'll need a dash cam — and fortunately for you, you can save 21 bucks on a Vantrue X3 WiFi Dash Cam on Amazon with a coupon code.

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[Update: Problems addressed] Raven Connected Car System review

Most people purchase used cars instead of new models, which means most people don't have the latest and greatest tech in their vehicle. How many cars on the road today are equipped with cassette players, iPod integration, or navigation systems with horribly-outdated maps?

There are countless products designed to give existing cars more modern features. Dash cams are fairly popular, like the Roav models we previously reviewed. There are also third-party tracking devices, like T-Mobile's SyncUP and Linxup.

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'Raven' adds dash cams, remote monitoring, and a customizable dashboard to any car

There are plenty of ways to extend the 'smart' functionality in your car. You can buy a dashcam, buy a Bluetooth adapter for the AUX port, use an OBD app to diagnose problems from your phone, or connect a tracking device. Raven, a new 'connected car system,' aims to integrate all of that into one single device.

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[Deal Alert] Anker ROAV C1 Pro WiFi-enabled dash cam with Android app on sale for $74.99 (25% off) today only

The freedom of the open road is great until you get in a fender-bender and there's a dispute over whose fault it was. Dash cams come in handy at times like that, but good ones are pretty spendy. The Anker ROAV C1 Pro is usually around $130, but today only it's on sale at Amazon for $75.

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